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Northwest Missouri State University

Student Spotlight

May 13, 2015

Missouri Academy’s Haberyan, team takes 2nd at state history contest

Brianna Haberyan, a student at Northwest Missouri State University’s Missouri Academy of Science, Mathematics and Computing, was a member of the runner-up team at Missouri’s state National History Day contest on April 25.

Haberyan’s team took second place in the senior division, for ninth through 12th graders, of the group exhibit category for its entry, “The Marshall Plan: A Quest for European Economic Recovery.” Haberyan competed on the team sponsored by her home high school, Lafayette High School in St. Joseph, Mo., under the advisement of Lafayette teacher Derek Frieling.

Launched in 1980, the National History Day contest draws more than 3,000 sixth through 12 graders annually, with this year’s state contest at the University of Missouri-Columbia involving about 600 students who advanced from regional competitions throughout Missouri.

National History Day projects are the results of extensive research and creativity from individual students or groups. The program encourages young scholars to present findings through documentaries, exhibits, papers, performances or websites. First- and second-place winners from each category represent Missouri as delegates at the national competition in June at the University of Maryland-College Park.

The Missouri Academy was established in 2000 as a two-year residential, early-entrance-to-college program on the Northwest campus. The program replaces the junior and senior year of high school. Academy students enroll in the same classes as traditional students and are held to the same academic expectations while living, socializing and studying in a learning community of peers. In August, the Missouri Academy will celebrate 15 years of service to high achieving students, to Northwest University and to the state of Missouri. For more information about the Missouri Academy, visit

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